Welcome to the European observatory on Algorithmic Sovereignty. This is a collective place of documentation gathering research, developments, events and projects related to the topic.

There is an urgent need for more awareness of decisions made by algorithms about the social, economic and political context in which we live.

Hidden algorithms are growing in power and importance. Their logic is often invisible, while their results are manifest.

To define the problem, the metaphor of a “Black Box Society” is apt to describe the role that unknown algorithms have taken in our contemporary and highly digitised world. With the AlgoSov project we are actively looking for solutions to this problem.

What is inscribed in algorithms? What are the consequences of their execution and what is the agency left for the living world? What’s the role of sovereignty considering the ethic of algorithms? Sovereignty relates to the way a community can influence an algorithm, appropriate it, distribute it, share it and create new ones.

This observatory is hosted by the Think&do Tank for a lobby of independent European leaders able to analyse and shape future solutions that can be be adopted by civil society and institutions; it maps well referenced projects and events of relevance to reclaim the sovereignty over algorithms and the resources they operate upon.

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map of technological commons from DECODE


Decentralised Data Ecosystem

Our development is guided by people’s concerns about the loss of control over their personal information on the internet. The ability to access, control and use personal data has become a means by which internet companies can drive profits. (H2020-ICT-2016-1 grant nr.732546)


Innovation for Responsible Technology

Interdisciplinary research for new knowledge and methods to overtake the unproved assumption according to which technological development leaves no room for ethical and moral reasoning. (H2020-ICT-2016-1 grant nr.732027)


Politics of big data for civil society

While massive data collections by governments and businesses constitute a challenge to civil rights, big data also offer new opportunities for collective action. This research investigates civil society’s engagement with massive data collection. (EU/ERC-2014-STG grant nr.639379)


Technologies for 21st Century democracy

A Europe-wide project developing the next generation of open source, distributed, and privacy-aware tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment. (EU/FP7-ICT-2013 grant nr.610349)

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